nerve block

noun Medicine/Medical.

an arrest of the passage of impulses through a nerve by means of pressure on the nerve or by injection of an anesthetic into or around the nerve.

Nearby words

  1. nervate,
  2. nervation,
  3. nervature,
  4. nerve,
  5. nerve avulsion,
  6. nerve block anesthesia,
  7. nerve cell,
  8. nerve center,
  9. nerve centre,
  10. nerve conduction

Origin of nerve block

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nerve block

nerve block


induction of anaesthesia in a specific part of the body by injecting a local anaesthetic close to the sensory nerves that supply it
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Medicine definitions for nerve block

nerve block


Interruption of the passage of impulses through a neuron by the injection of alcohol or an anesthetic.

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